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SAN JOSE SUMMER FEST: A Weekend of Hot Jazz [7] FAMILY ATTRACTIONS: Summer Fun for All Ages [12] OCEAN ADVENTURES: Heading for the Coast [24]




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Festivals & Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Food, Beer & Wine Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Spectator Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Art Exhibits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

summer Fun: Family Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . 12 shoPPInG: Store Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 local WInes: Wine Tasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 outdoors

Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 On the Ocean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Parks & Preserves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Golf Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

day trIPs: San Francisco & Monterey . . . . . . . 28 dInInG: Restaurant Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 aFter hours: Nightlife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 GettInG around

Public Transportation/Bay Area Map . . . . . . . . 40 Santa Clara/Palo Alto Area Maps . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Silicon Valley Area Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Downtown San Jose Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Discover silicon valley • 1

From the hottest new plays to a Broadway hit schedules & locatIons

New works Festival: aug 11–20 lucie stern Theatre 1305 Middlefield rd., Palo alto

CoNstellatioNs: aug 23–sept 17 center for the Performing arts 500 castro st., Mountain view



reGGIe d. WhIte (leFt) and the cast oF "the man In the ceIlInG" (rIGht) PerFormInG In PrIor neW Works FestIvals.

2 • Discover silicon valley

a romp through Hollywood. Faust with a modern spin. a bad girl group. TheatreWorks silicon valley has something for everyone in its 16th annual New works Festival, august 11-20 at Palo alto’s lucie stern Theatre. escape the summer heat and get a taste of the hottest new plays in development as TheatreWorks brings playwrights and composers from across the nation to the Bay area.

Musical highlights of the 2017 festival include Past, Present, Future: The Shangri-Las, a musical journey of the groundbreaking 1960s tough girl group, and Fringe hit musical, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (from the Tony award-nominated composers of Come From Away), a comic love story. you can also see three plays including 3 Farids, a rollicking Hollywood comedy that rockets from casting calls to movie shoots as three arab-american actors combat type-casting in Tinseltown; Tiny Houses, a dramatic look at the deeply personal impacts of the downing of Malaysian airlines Flight MH-17; and Deal with the Dragon, a darkly camp comedy with a Faustian twist. other events include a keynote address from famed clown/cirque du soleil star Jeff raz, and a bold late-night sketch event inspired by reallife internet interactions. check out the full schedule at

later in august, TheatreWorks silicon valley presents the london and Broadway hit, Constellations. This delightful drama follows a charming beekeeper and a cambridge cosmologist, nerds in love for better and for worse, and the ever-changing mystery of “what ifs.” Hailed by The New York Times as “the most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen. supremely articulate. Gorgeous,” Constellations will be presented august 23-september 17 at the Mountain view center for the Performing arts.

Kevin Berne

summer with theatreWorks silicon valley



& more

auG 3-6 santa clara county FaIr

along with traditional rides, food and livestock exhibitions, this country fair includes not-so-traditional elements like a demolition derby. Thurs, 1-10; Fri-sat, 11-11; sun, 11-10. [Santa Clara: County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd.; 408/494-3100]

auG 5 sPIrIt oF ’45 day

auG 5-6 nIhonmachI street FaIr

This multicultural event includes live music and other entertainment. [San Jose: 201 Jackson St.;]

auG 5-6 santa cruZ church street FaIr

This event offers an immersion into the vibrant cultural scene of santa cruz through music, dance, art, food and wine. 11-8. [Downtown Santa Cruz; 831/420-5260]

auG 12-13 los Gatos FIesta de artes

local vendor and exhibitor booths display and sell handmade arts and crafts. sat, 10-7; sun, 10-5. [Los Gatos: Los Gatos Town Plaza & N. Santa Cruz Ave.;]

auG 17-20 marvel unIverse lIve! aGe oF heroes

Witness special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this show for fans of all ages. ThursFri, 7pm; sat-sun, 11am, 3 & 7pm. [San Jose: SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/287-9200]

commemorate the end of WWii with live music and local food. 124. [San Jose: History Park, 1650 Senter Rd.; 408/287-2290]

auG 5-6 san Jose renaIssance FaIr

This interactive medieval experience offers a weekend of whimsy and merriment featuring live entertainment, music, jousts and more. sat, 10-6; sun, 10-5. [San Jose: Discovery Meadow: 180 Woz Way;]

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auG 19-20 BurlInGame on the avenue

This event brings together hundreds of craft and food booths plus live entertainment on three stages. 10-6. [Burlingame: Burlingame Ave.; 650/344-1735]

auG 18-20 san Jose orchId exPosItIon

This show delivers the exotic, unusual and sometimes fragrant treasures from the world of orchids. Fri, 5-9; sat, 10-7; sun, 127. [San Jose: Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 N. 5th St.;]

auG 26-27 sIlIcon valley PrIde FestIval

auG 26-27 ItalIan FamIly Festa

This equality-themed event is the largest celebration of gay and lesbian culture in the south Bay. Parade starts at 10am on Market st. sat, 6-11; sun, 10-6. [San Jose: Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo de San Antonio;]

auG 26-27 Palo alto FestIval oF the arts

thru auG 11 summer outdoor movIe serIes

This family-style celebration includes authentic homemade italian delights and entertainment. sat, 11-8; sun, 11-6. [San Jose: History Park, 1650 Senter Rd.;]

one of the area’s largest arts and crafts festivals includes the work of more than 300 artists. 10-6. [Downtown Palo Alto: University Ave.; 650/324-3121]


outdoor movIes

Trolls (aug 4) and Finding Dory (aug 11). 8:30pm. [Downtown Mountain View: various venues; 650/903-6331]

thru auG 31 movIes on the square

La La Land (aug 3); Finding Dory (aug 10); Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (aug 17); Dirty Dancing (aug 24); and Ladder 49 (aug 31). screenings begin at sundown. [Redwood City: Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St.; 650/780-7000]

thru sePt 22

menlo movIe serIes

The Secret Life of Pets (aug 4); The Lego Batman Movie (aug 11); Cars (aug 16); Finding Dory (aug 18); and Casablanca (aug 25). screenings begin at sundown. [Menlo Park: Curtis St. at Santa Cruz Ave.;]

auG 5-26 starlIGht cInema serIes

Share your #DTSJ story Get your parking validated at more than 100 downtown businesses. Or pay $5 affter 6 p.m. and all day on weekends in most ParkS SJ garages.

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Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (aug 5); Disney-Pixar’s Cars (aug 12); Nacho Libre (aug 19); and Star Wars – The Force Awakens (aug 26). screenings begin at dusk. [Downtown San Jose: St. James Park, N. 2nd St.;]


PerFormInG arts

outdoor musIc

thru auG 23 JaZZ on the PlaZZ

Free Wed evening concerts at the Town Plaza include Monterey Jazz Festival County High School AllStars (aug 2); vocalists Tia Brazda (aug 9) and Tiffany Austin (aug 16); and actor-turned-singer Tom Wopat (aug 23). 6:30-8:30pm. [Los Gatos: W. Main St. at Santa Cruz Ave.;]

thru sePt 1 musIc on the square

Head to downtown redwood city for the free summer concerts on Friday evenings. in august, catch soft rock cover band Mustache Harbor (aug 4); chicago and steely Dan tribute band Steel ‘n’ Chicago (aug 11); country band Whiskey Dawn (aug 18); and Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland (aug 25). 6-8pm. [Redwood City: Courthouse Square; 650/780-7000]

auG 11-13 san Jose JaZZ summer Fest

see page 7.

musIc: JaZZ & other

auG 1 the Band Perry

This band’s combination of music, fashion and visual art has become their hallmark. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 2 dIana krall

This Grammy award-winning jazz singer performs. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 3 JunGle love tour

This concert includes performances by Morris Day & The Time, Zapp and lakeside. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 3 Brenton Wood

This soul legend performs hits Gimme a little sign and The oogum Boogum song. 5:30pm. [San Jose: Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Market St.;]

auG 4 vans WarPed tour

The biggest touring festival in the U.s. includes performances by attila, Bowling for soup, cKy, Futuristic and others. 11am. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre]

stanFord JaZZ FestIval

This annual fest closes it 2017 season with jazz guitarists camilia meza and charles altura (Aug 1); saxophone master ravi coltrane and his quartet (Aug 2); and superstar vocalist lisa Fischer and her band, along with special guests taylor eigsti and tupac mantilla (Aug 5). 8pm. See for more info. [Palo alto: stanford university campus] Discover silicon valley • 5


auG 4 rodrIGo y GaBrIela

The internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo performs their unique blend of metal, jazz and world music. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 4-5 toxIc summer

The lineup for this two-day event includes rusko, Dr. ozi, Phase one and many more. 7pm. [San Jose: City National Civic]

auG 6 aBBa the concert

This tribute concert brings the pop phenomena back to life. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 8 BoZ scaGGs & mIchael mcdonald

These acclaimed performers share the stage. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 9 youssou n’dour

This legendary senegalese singer is joined by the Zimbabwean band Mokoomba. 7:30pm. [Palo Alto/ Stanford campus: Bing Concert Hall; 650/725-ARTS]

auG 9 Jake oWen

This nashville recording artist perform with Drew Baldridge. 7:30pm .[Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 11 sam hunt

This country singer takes the stage with Maren Morris and chris Janson. 7pm. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre]

auG 11 nIcky Jam

This Puerto rican singer and the biggest latin urban act is accompanied by Plan B. 8pm. [San Jose: SAP Center]

auG 11 alPhavIlle

This concert features the band’s all-time hits, including Forever young and Big in Japan. 8pm. [San Jose: City National Civic]

auG 11 the B-52s

This multi-platinum selling new Wave band is known for classic ‘80s hits including love shack and rock lobster. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd.; 408/961-5800]

auG 12 kendrIck lamar

This rapper performs along with yG and D.r.a.M. 7:30pm. [San Jose: SAP Center]

auG 12 steve mIller Band & Peter FramPton

These two performers celebrate the 1960’s–70’s musical eras. 6:30pm. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre]

auG 12 huey leWIs and the neWs

This iconic rock & roll band performs their greatest hits. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

key to venues WIth mulPtIPle lIstInGs

mountaIn WInery: 14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga. 408/741-2822. shorelIne amPhItheatre: 1 Amphitheatre Way, Mountain View. 650/962-1000 cIty natIonal cIvIc: 135 W. San Carlos St., San Jose; 800/745-3000 saP center: 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose. 408/287-9200

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hot JaZZ In san Jose


Looking for a tuneful weekend? Then head to downtown San Jose to dance and swing to the sounds of the san Jose JaZZ summer Fest, auGust 11-13. Boasting an impressive lineup, this world-class music fest features more than 120 performances on 10 stages downtown, with stalwarts of funk and R&B bumping shoulders with up-andcoming artists on the jazz and contemporary classical scenes.

Headliners scheduled to appear this year include George clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (8/11), Grammy Award-winning trumpeter chris Botti (8/12), Hammond B-3 organist dr. lonnie smith (8/12), singer angelique kidjo’s Celia Cruz Tribute with percussionist Pedrito martinez (8/12), funk and soul saxophonist maceo Parker (8/13) and R&B vocal group the Whispers (8/13). One of the most highly anticipated sets is by the supergroup Jazz by Five (8/13), an allstar quintet featuring jazz heavyweights Javon Jackson, George Cables, Randy Brecker, Eddie Gomez and Jimmy Cobb. Other standouts include the genre-defying san Francisco string trio (8/13) as well as the seven-piece Bay Area band the seshen (8/11) and neo jazz band robert Glasper experiment (8/12).

The SJZ Summer Fest 2017 is also the nation's epicenter of Latin jazz, drawing on both a mix of internationally renowned Latin artists and top Bay Area salsa bands. Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s bandleader and pianist oscar hernandez (8/12) performs with his group alma libre. The fest also showcases composer Juan Pollo raffo (8/12) and tango-jazz pianist emilio solla (8/13), both from Argentina; singer dayme arocena (8/13) from Cuba; and Brazil's claudia villela quintet (8/13). Salsa legend, trombonist Jimmy Bosch, is a special guest with the Bay Area salsa allstars (8/13), and the Salsa Stage features sets by the Grammy-winning Pacific mambo orchestra (8/12), the afro cuban Jazz cartel (8/12), cabanijazz Project (8/12) and somos el son (8/13). In addition to the primary festival, more music can be heard at Fest+ events that take place after the main shows each day at local venues. Other special events include a Jazz Mass, Gospel Brunch, film screenings, after parties and dance lessons. General Admission gives access to all outdoor stages, while other levels include access to indoor venues.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit Discover silicon valley • 7


musIc: JaZZ & other, contInued auG 13 JIll scott

This Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter takes the stage. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 15 one ok rock

This group fuses emo, rock and heavy metal into their music. 7pm. [San Jose: City National Civic]

auG 15 WIllIe nelson & FamIly

With a six-decade career, this iconic Texan continues to thrive as a musical force. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 16 IncuBus & JImmy eat World

These rock bands perform for their national tour. 6:45pm. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre]

auG 16 311

This band blends rap with alternative rock and reggae. 8pm. [San Jose: City National Civic]

auG 16 GreGory alan Isakov

Hailing from south africa, his song-craft lends to deep lyrical masterpieces. 7pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 17 seal

Known for his husky baritone voice, seal has seen success across numerous genres of music. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 18 the FaB Four

With note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics, this foursome will make you think you’re watching the real thing. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery] 8 • Discover silicon valley

auG 19 chIck corea elektrIc Band

This jazz fusion band performs alongside Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 20 dIerks Bentley

This country singer is joined by cole swindell and Jon Pardi. 7pm. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre]

auG 21 Bryan Ferry

From his days with roxy Music, Ferry has been one of the most innovative musical artists. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 22 st. Paul & the Broken Bones

The widely-praised soul-based rock unit from alabama performs with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 23 Pat Benatar & neIl GIraldo/toto

The rocker songstress and her guitar-playing husband are joined by the renowned rock band. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 24 kInGs oF leon

This rock band performs songs from their latest album, “Walls”. 7pm. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre]

auG 24 dave koZ

This saxophonist is joined on stage by jazz guitarist larry Graham. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd.; 408/961-5800]

auG 24 PInk martInI

Describing itself as a “little orchestra,” its music mingles classical, latin, jazz and pop. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 25 War

This band performs afro-cuban, jazz, rock and Blues fusion. 5:30pm. [San Jose: Plaza de Cesar Chavez;]

auG 25 kamasI WashInGton

This jazz saxophonist performs from his latest album. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 26 onerePuBlIc

This pop rock concert also includes performances by Fitz & The Tantrums and James arthur. 7pm. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre]

auG 26 lake street dIve

This multi-genre band takes the stage. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]


theater & musIcals

auG 27 Iheart80s BIrthday Bash

This tribute to 80s bands includes performances by Boy George, a Flock of seagulls, The romantics, nu shooz and others. 7:30pm. [San Jose: SAP Center]

thru auG 6 the Four ImmIGrants: an amerIcan musIcal manGa

Presented by theatreWorks

auG 27 dWIGht yoakam

This singer-songwriter is most famous for his pioneering country music. 7pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 27 Paul anka

This legendary singer-songwriter celebrates 60 years of music with this concert. 8pm. [San Jose: City National Civic]

auG 28 yes

This band performs the albums “Fragile” and “close to the edge” in their entirety, as well as their greatest hits. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 29 ZZ toP & the dooBIe Brothers

The Texas trio performs along with the blues-based band. 7pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

auG 30 chIcaGo

This legendary rock & roll band with horns performs their most popular songs. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery]

musIc: classIcal

auG 2 & 5 musIc@menlo FestIval

This summer chamber music festival closes its season with Concert VI (aug 2, 7:30pm)—a program of works by Borodin, respighi, ysaÿe, and Fritz Kreisler; and Concert VII (aug 5, 6pm), presenting works highlighting the violin by Martinů, corigiliano, Dohnányi, enescu, and shostakovich. [Atherton: Various locations;]


auG 5-6 the chImes oF normandy

Presented by lyric theatre

in this concert version of the French comic operetta, a long-absent count searches for a beautiful young woman whom he once rescued at sea. sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Mountain View: Center for the Performing Arts; 650/903-6000]

Drawn from one of the first ever graphic novels and set to a ragtime and vaudeville score, this comic musical follows four Japanese immigrants in turn-of-the-twentiethcentury san Francisco. Wed, 2 & 7:30pm; Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Palo Alto: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd.; 650/463-1960]

thru auG 6 the hunchBack oF notre dame

Presented by cmt san Jose

This epic love story is based on the victor Hugo novel and the Disney animated film. Thurs-Fri, 7pm; sat, 2 & 7pm; sun, 1pm. [San Jose: Montgomery Theatre, 271 Market St.; 408/288-5437]

thru auG 20 lIZZIe

Presented by city lights theatre

This Goth-rock musical tells the tale of lizzie Borden as you’ve never heard it before. Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [San Jose: 529 S. Second St.; 408/295-4200]

auG 4-27 aIrsWImmInG

Presented by dragon theatre

set in england in the 1920s, this is the story of two women who were locked up in a hospital because they had children out of wedlock. To pass the time, Dora and Persephone create alter-egos and act out fantastical stories. Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Redwood City: 2120 Broadway St.; 650/4932006]

auG 11-20 neW Works FestIval

Presented by theatreWorks

see page 2.

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auG 11-27 next to normal

staged by Broadway By the Bay

Told through an electrifying score and a book that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this musical takes an unflinching look at a family struggling to cope with mental illness. Fri, 8pm; sat, 2 and/or 8pm; sun, 2:30pm. [Redwood City: Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway; 650/369-7770]

auG 23-sePt 17 constellatIons

Presented by theatreWorks

see page 2.


thru auG 6 shrek the musIcal

staged by Foothill music theatre

This fairy-tale adventure is based on the DreamWorks animation film. Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Los Altos Hills: Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Rd.; 650/949-7360]

auG 11-15 the lIon kInG exPerIence

Presented by cmt san Jose

Join Mufasa, scar, Timone, Pumba et al as they journey from Pride rock to the deep jungle, performed by rising stars Junior Talents and featuring songs from the Disney film. Mon-Tues & Fri, 7pm; sat-sun, 12, 4 & 8pm. [San Jose: Montgomery Theatre, 271 Market St.; 408/288-5437]

sPectator sPorts


san FrancIsco GIants

[San Francisco: AT&T Park; 415/972-2000] Aug 2-3: Athletics. Wed-Thurs, 7:15pm. Aug 4-6: Diamondbacks. Fri, 7:15pm; sat, 6:05pm; sun, 1:05pm. 10 • Discover silicon valley

Aug 7-9: Cubs. Mon-Tues, 7:15pm; Wed, 12:45pm. Aug 17-20: Phillies. Thurs-Fri, 7:15pm; sat, 6:05pm; sun, 1:05pm. Aug 21-23: Brewers. Mon-Tues, 7:15pm; Wed, 12:45pm. Aug 31: Cardinals. 7:15pm.

san Jose GIants

[San Jose: Municipal Stadium; 408/297-1435] Aug 1-2: Visalia. Tues, 7pm; Wed, 12:30pm. Aug 3-6: Inland Empire. Thurs-Fri, 7pm; sat, 6pm; sun, 5pm. Aug 14-17: Lancaster. Mon-Wed, 7pm; Thurs, 12:30pm. Aug 18-20: Visalia. Fri, 7pm; satsun, 5pm. Aug 25-27: Stockton. Fri, 7pm; sat, 5pm; sun, 1pm.

oakland a’s

[Oakland Coliseum; 877/493BALL] Aug 1: Giants. 7:05pm. Aug 8-9: Mariners. Tues, 7:05pm; Wed, 12:35pm. Aug 10-13: Orioles. Thurs-Fri, 7:05pm; sat, 6:05pm; sun, 1:05pm. Aug 14-16: Royals. Mon-Tues, 7:05pm; Wed, 12:35pm. Aug 25-27: Rangers. Fri, 7:05pm; sat-sun, 1:05pm.


oakland raIders

[Oakland: Oakland Coliseum; 800/724-3377] Aug 19: Rams. 7pm. Aug 31: Seahawks. 7pm.

san FrancIsco 49ers

[Santa Clara: Levi’s Stadium; 415/GO-49ERS] Aug 19: Broncos. 7pm. Aug 31: Chargers. 7pm.


[Palo Alto: Stanford Stadium; 800/STANFORD] Aug 26: Rice. 7pm.

Ice skatInG

sePt 3 krIstI yamaGuchI’s FIGure skatInG shoW

some of the world’s top figure skaters take center ice, including Karen chen, Polina edmunds, and Maia and alex shibutani. 3:30pm. [San Jose: SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/287-9200]


san Jose earthquakes

[San Jose: Avaya Stadium; 408/556-7700] Aug 5: Columbus. 7:15pm. Aug 19: Philadelphia. 7:15pm. Sept 26: Houston. 7:15pm. Sept 27: Chicago. 7:15pm. Sept 30: Portland. 7:15pm.


July 31-auG 6 Bank oF the West classIc

The world’s longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament is the first stop of the Us open series. Highlighting this year’s player field are five-time Grand slam champion Maria Sharapova and two-time Grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka, along with 2016 French open champion Garbiñe Muguruza and two of the fastest rising stars in american tennis—Madison Keys and Bay area native CiCi Bellis. see for more info. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus, Taube Family Tennis Stadium; 866/982-8497] v

san FrancIsco hIGhlIGhts

asIan art museum

art exhIBIts anderson collectIon at stanFord unIversIty

a collection of modern and contemporary american art includes works by David Park, richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, and Wayne Thiebaud. Wed-Mon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 11-8pm. [Stanford campus: 314 Lomita Dr.; 650/721-6055]

cantor arts center at stanFord unIversIty

rotating exhibits feature 20th-century european and american art, while the permanent collection spans a broad spectrum of cultures and history. This month: •Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950-1975 (thru aug 21) explores the groundbreaking work of major american designers such as eliot noyes and Paul rand (iBM) and Dieter rams (Braun). Wed-Mon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 11-8pm. [Stanford: 328 Lomita Dr.; 650/ 723-4177]

san Jose InstItute oF contemPorary art

This non-profit organization features contemporary art, with an emphasis on emerging artists. on exhibit this month: •Detritus (thru sept 10) explores the leftovers, the scraps, the byproducts of the art-making process that artists do

not discard for a number of compelling reasons. visit for special summer events. Tues-Fri, 10-5; sat, 12-5. [San Jose: 560 S. First St.; 408/283-8155]

san Jose museum oF art

located downtown, sJMa is a leading showcase for modern and contemporary art. on exhibit this month: •Fragile Waters: Photographs (thru aug 6) features blackand-white photographs by ansel adams, ernest H. Brooks ii, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. •Diana Al-Hadid: Liquid City (thru sept 24) features sculptural pieces by this contemporary syrian artist. Tues-sun, 11-5. [San Jose: 110 S. Market St.; 408/294-2787]

san Jose museum oF quIlts & textIles

This museum features contemporary and traditional quilts from around the world. exhibits in august include: •Quilt Nihon (thru oct 15) displays quilts made by some of the most talented artists from Japan and the Pacific rim. •Modern and Historic Quilts from the Collection (thru oct 15) showcases a selection of quilts from the permanent collection. Wed-Fri, 11-4pm; sat-sun, 11-3. [San Jose: 520 S. First St.; 408/971-0323]

This museum at the civic center holds a comprehensive collection of asian art. Highlighted this month: Flower Power (thru oct 1) uncovers the hidden meanings of flowers in asian art. Tues-sun, 105; Thurs, 10-9. [200 Larkin St.; 415/581-3500]

calIFornIa Palace oF the leGIon oF honor

Housed in a stunning neoclassical palace, this month’s highlighted exhibit, Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade (thru sept 24), features 60 impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas, renoir, Manet, cassatt and Toulouse-lautrec. Tues-sun, 9:30-5:15. [100 34th Ave.; 415/750-3600]

de younG museum

Focused on american fine art from the colonial era through the 20th century, exhibits this month include The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll (thru aug 20)—an exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, costumes, textiles, and more that blossomed in san Francisco during the summer of 1967. Tues-sun, 9:30-5:15. [Golden Gate Park; 415/750-3600]

san FrancIsco museum oF modern art

Highlighted exhibits this month at the West coast’s version of new york’s MoMa include: Paul Klee and Rex Ray (thru sept 10), with works by the swiss-born modernist alongside paintings by the san Francisco artist and designer. Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed (thru oct 9) features 45 landmark compositions about art, love, mortality and the ravages of time. Nam June Paik: In Character (thru Jan 1, 2018) showcases the late artist’s video sculptures, drawings and ephemera. Daily (except Wed), 105; Thurs til 9. [151 Third St.; 415/357-4000] v Discover silicon valley • 11




Summer is finally here, which means that along with sunblock and ice cream cones comes the cries of “I’m bored!” by countless children and teenagers. If you’re in Silicon Valley, you can breathe easy. There are plenty of fun places to go to keep the whole family entertained.


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If thrills are what you’re craving, then California’s Great america is the place to go. Take a ride on the new Patriot—imagine a ski lift traveling at super high speed with your feet dangling inches from a track below. Or brave the Gold Striker, Flight Deck, Demon and Drop Tower. Cool off at the water park afterwards. Open daily through mid August. [Santa Clara: Great America Pkwy.; 408/988-1776] • To beat the dog days of summer, head to the area’s largest water park, raging waters, where you’ll dip into millions of gallons of wet fun. Barrel down Shotgun Falls, free-fall in Bombs Away, and bolt through the insideoutside, head-first Sidewinder. And if lazy is what you want to be, then just float down the Endless River. Plenty of options for the little ones, too. Open through Labor Day. [San Jose: 2333 S. White Rd.; 408/238-9900] • Over on the coast, the santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has loads of attractions, the biggest draw being the Giant Dipper, a wooden coaster. The Double Shot tower is perfect for adrenaline junkies, as well as the Typhoon, which launches you six stories high for some serious upside-down thrills. For a gentler ride, take a spin on the 1911 Looff carousel. Open daily in the summer. [Santa Cruz: 400 Beach St.; 831/423-5590]



Happy Hollow doubles as both a zoo and an amusement park, making for a great family destination. See animals such as fossas from Madagascar, lemurs, meerkats, and jaguars, while equally popular are the carousel, roller coaster, petting zoo, and giant play structure. A visit to the puppet theatre will wrap up your day nicely. Weekends & Mon-Sun (June-Aug), 10-5; weekdays, 10-4. [San Jose: Kelley Park; 408/794-7596] • Roller coasters, a carousel and water attractions all provide fun at Gilroy Gardens Family theme Park, where a gigantic greenhouse and an assortment of unusual Circus Trees can be experienced by monorail, train or foot. Open thru November. [Gilroy: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/840-7100] • At roaring Camp railroads, century-old steam locomotives take passengers on rides through redwood forests or down a scenic river canyon to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk as conductors share interesting stories and information about the region and its logging history. [Felton: 5401 Graham Hill Rd.; 831/335-4484] Discover silicon valley • 13


Younger kids love the Children’s Discovery Museum— where 150 hands-on exhibits captivate any child with playful discovery. Summer hours: Mon-Sat, 10-5; Sun, 125. [San Jose: 180 Woz Way; 408/298-5437] • At San Francisco’s exploratorium, more than 600 fascinating exhibits—many of them hands-on—explore science, art and human perception. Sat-Thurs, 10-5; Fri, 10-10. [San Francisco: Pier 15 on The Embarcadero; 415/528-4444]



Experience some high-tech amusements. At the top of the list is the tech Museum of innovation, one of the nation’s most esteemed science and technology museums. With a large number of interactive exhibits on subjects ranging from medicine and robotics to 3D digital fabrication, perhaps the best thing about the museum is that there’s always something new to learn about. There’s also an eightCHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM story-high IMAX® dome theater—the largest in the West— which shows a rotating schedule of educational and commercial releases. Daily, 10am-5pm. [San Jose: 201 S. Market St.; 408/294-8324] Explore the mysteries of an ancient civilization at the • Unleash your inner techie within intel rosicrucian egyptian Museum, hosting the largest collecMuseum’s hands-on exhibits that explain tion of ancient Egyptian artifacts on the West Coast. everything you ever wanted to know Wed-Fri, 9-5; Sat-Sun, 10-6. (San Jose: 1660 Park Ave.; about the silicon chip, and then some. 408/947-3635) • Tour the winchester Mystery House— Stop in the Museum Store for “only in Sila mix of Victorian-era architecture and bizarre features icon Valley” clothing, toys and souvenirs. such as doors opening to walls and stairs leading Mon-Fri, 9-6; Sat, 10-5. [Santa Clara: nowhere. Influenced by a psychic, Sarah Winchester— 2200 Mission College Blvd.; 408/765heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune—lived in 5050] • Geek out at the Comher unfinished, 160-room mansion for 38 puter History Museum, years. Tours daily from 9am. [San Jose: which takes you into the 525 S. Winchester Blvd.; 408/247region’s deep cyber 2000] • Visit the History Park— roots. More than complete with paved streets, 1,000 artifacts inrunning trolleys, and an old-fashclude rare computioned candy store—to get a sense ers, video games of Santa Clara Valley’s past. Monand hands-on disFri, 12-5; Sat-Sun 11-5. [San Jose: plays. Wed-Thurs & Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Rd.; Sat-Sun, 10-5; Fri, 408/287-2290] • And catch a 10-8. [Mountain scenic ferry ride to San Francisco View: 1401 N. ShoreBay’s alcatraz island to learn about WINCHESTER line Blvd.; 650/810-1010] this historic, infamous, maximum-secuMYSTERY HOUSE rity prison. []


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Join in interactive science exhibits and stroll through naturalistic wildlife habitats, gardens and an outdoor zoo at Curiodyssey. Tues-Sun, 10-5. [San Mateo: 1651 Coyote Point Dr.; 650/342-7755] • Featuring more than 250 species of animals—many endangered—the sF Zoo is the largest in Northern California. Open daily, 10-5. [San Francisco: Sloat Blvd. at the Great Hwy.; 415/7537080] • Exhibits at the California academy of sciences include a natural history museum, planetarium, aquarium and a living rain forest. MonSat, 9:30-5; Sun, 11-5. [San Francisco: Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Dr.; 415/379-8000] • Located at Pier 39, the aquarium of the Bay is focused on aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay and neighboring waters. Hours vary. [San Francisco: Embarcadero & Beach St.; 415/623-5300] • Nearly 200 fascinating galleries and exhibits offer a “diver’s-eye” view of over 550 native and exotic underwater species at the Monterey Bay aquarium. Summer hours: 9:30-6 (weekends until 8pm). [Monterey: 886 Cannery Row; 831/648-4800] • Space exploration buffs, and even the mildly curious, appreciate the wonders tucked inside the Nasa ames exploration visitor Center. See one of the original Mercury capsules, touch a real sample of moon rock and more. Tues-Fri, 10-4; Sat-Sun, 12-4. [Mountain View: NASA Pkwy. exit off Hwy. 101; 650/604-6497] Discover silicon valley • 15


This beautifully renovated historic california property is home to a diverse array of artists’ studios and stores. Browse the quaint shops to find one-of-a-kind apparel, jewelry and ceramics and stroll the 3.5 acres of exquisite gardens and spanish colonial buildings. Monsat, 10-5. [Menlo Park: 75 Arbor Rd., at the end of Cambridge Ave.; 650/322-2405]

FIlolI center

one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, this 654-acre property includes a 36,000-square-foot Georgian country mansion, decorated with 17th- and 18th-century furnishings, and a spectacular 16acre english renaissance garden. House and garden tours and docent-led hikes on trails around the


area are offered. open Feb-october: Tues-sat, 10-3:30; sun, 113:30. (last admission at 2:30pm.) [Woodside: 86 Cañada Rd.; 650/364-8300]

hakone Gardens

These peaceful Japanese-style gardens nestled in the saratoga hills are replete with waterfalls, ponds, and imported plants and patterned after the Zen gardens of the mid17th century. Three formal buildings embody the elements of traditional Japanese architecture. Mon-Fri, 10-5; sat-sun, 11-5. [Saratoga: 21000 Big Basin Way; 408/741-4994]

hIller avIatIon museum

Experience a Japanese Jewel in Silicon Valley... Hidden in the foothills of Saratoga, this historic 18­acre estate offers the opportunity to stroll through authen!c Japanese gardens, complete with beau!ful flowers, stone lanterns, and a koi pond.

2100 Big Basin Way Saratoga | 408.741.4994

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Journey into the past and future of aviation in this museum, which boasts more than 75 replicas and restored aircraft, hands-on displays, models and photographs. also test your pilot skills in a computerized flight simulator, check out the restoration Workshop where damaged planes are brought back to life. Daily, 10-5. [San Carlos: 601 Skyway Rd., off Hwy. 101; 650/654-0200]

JaPanese amerIcan museum oF san Jose

located in san Jose’s Japantown— one of only three such historic neighborhoods remaining in the U.s.—this museum showcases exhibits chronicling more than a century of Japanese american history. visitors will learn about early immigration of Japanese to america,

their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during World War ii, and the challenges they faced while adapting and contributing to West coast communities. Thurs-sun, 12-4. [San Jose: 535 N. First St.; 408/294-3138]

mIssIon san Jose

Founded in 1797 as the 14th of 21 spanish missions in alta california, Mission san Jose features a magniďŹ cent reconstruction of the original adobe church where the museum is housed. self-guided tours and slide shows are oered, in addition to a gift shop full of books, photos, paintings, prints, maps and religious articles. Daily, 10-5. [Fremont: 43300 Mission Blvd., at Washington Blvd.; 510/657-1797]

stanFord unIversIty

Built in 1891, the distinctive style of california missions inuenced the design of this top university. at the Main Quad is the beautiful spanish-style Memorial church. Head to lomita Drive to view a wide range of art at the cantor center for visual arts, the adjacent anderson collection and the outdoor rodin sculpture Garden. The campus also holds a notable collection of outdoor art, as well as the Papua new Guinea sculpture Garden containing wood and stone carvings. Tours are oered throughout the week; visit rs for info. [Palo Alto: o El Camino Real; 650/723-2560]


vIlla montalvo

This gracefully luxurious Mediterranean-style villa built in 1912 is now a public park that sits amidst 175 acres of stunning gardens, offering some of the best manicured hiking trails in the Bay area. Montalvo draws visitors for its yearround visual and performing arts program, as well as to explore the beautiful grounds. april-sept: MonThurs, 8-7; Fri-sun, 9-5 (until 1pm 5/8]. oct-March: Mon-Thurs, 8-5; Fri-sun, 9-5. [Saratoga: 15400 Montalvo Rd.; 408/961-5800] v Discover silicon valley â&#x20AC;˘ 17

WestFIeld valley FaIr

This diverse retail center showcases a collection of 230 shops and restaurants, such as J. crew, Kenneth cole, restoration Hardware and Tiffany & co., as well as Macy’s and nordstrom. Mon-Fri, 10-9:30; sat, 10-9; sun, 11-7. [Santa Clara: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/248-4451]



shoPPInG centers & destInatIons GIlroy PremIum outlets

shop 145 name-brand and designer outlets and enjoy savings of 25 to 65 percent every day at ann Taylor, Banana republic, coach, Gap outlet, J.crew, nike, Polo ralph lauren, saks Fifth avenue off 5th and more. Mon-sat, 10-9; sun, 10-7. [Gilroy: Hwy. 101, exit Leavesley Rd.; 408/842-3729]

hIllsdale shoPPInG center

The Peninsula’s largest enclosed shopping center offers a diverse selection of shopping, from fashion and jewelry to household and luxury items. you’ll find Macy’s and nordstrom, plus more than 100 specialty stores including coach, l’occitane, ecco, Forever 21, H&M, Michael Kors, Banana republic, and The apple store. a variety of dining options available as well. Mon-sat, 10-9; sun, 11-7. [San Mateo: Hillsdale Blvd. and El Camino Real; 650/345-8222]

santana roW

This unique european-inspired urban neighborhood houses a bevy of over 70 shops and boutiques with well-known chains 18 • Discover silicon valley

such as anthropologie, Gucci, Tommy Bahama, kate spade new york, sephora, and lululemon athletica, as well as locally owned boutiques such as smith alder. santana row also offers more than 20 cafes and popular restaurants, as well as nine spas and salons. [San Jose: Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds.; 408/551-4611]

stanFord shoPPInG center

one of the few open-air centers in the nation, this prestigious shopping center is home to more than 140 world class stores, a dozen restaurants, and four department stores: Bloomingdale’s, neiman Marcus, nordstrom and Macy’s. Mon-Fri, 10-9; sat, 10-7; sun, 116. [Palo Alto: El Camino Real, adjacent to Stanford University; 650/617-8200]

toWn & country vIllaGe

clay tile roofs and ivy-covered sheltered walkways made with beams of old rail lumber are hallmarks of this Palo alto shopping center. a variety of retail establishments, from apparel and jewelry stores to specialty shops, can be found here, as well as delis and restaurants. open daily. [Palo Alto: Embarcadero Rd. & El Camino Real; 650/325-3266]

elI thomas mensWear south Bay

For over 50 years, this menswear store has brought top quality merchandise from around the world to silicon valley. Presenting fashionforward styles suiting all aspects of lifestyle, designers include eton, agave, robert Graham, corneliani, and many more. Mon-Fri. 9-9; sat, 9-6; sun, 12-5. [San Jose: 350 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite 200; 408/247-1024]

PatrIck James the PenInsula

established in 1962, this refined store carries a complete line of upscale, high quality men’s clothing, footwear and accessories, including lifestyle brands and luxurious sportswear. open daily. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village; 650/328-3071]

sam malouF the PenInsula

recently designated one of esquire Magazine’s “Top 50 Men’s clothiers in america,” this unique store features the world’s finest global brands in men’s and women’s luxury apparel and accessories. Mon-sat, 10:30-6:30. [Burlingame: 1460 Burlingame Ave.; 650/344-1460]


Bella rosa BoutIque south Bay

a destination for the modern woman, this boutique offers contemporary designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Mon-sat, 10-6; sun, 12-5. [Los Gatos: 145 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/354-4206]

BoutIque la lune south Bay

Find the latest trending styles for all shapes and sizes. Featured designers include rD style, lush, Tarte, Bella luxx, Jessica elliot, and many more. Tues-sat, 10-6; sun 10-5. [Los Gatos: 78 W. Main St.; 408/560-9951]

BrIck monkey squared the PenInsula

a fun collection includes boutique clothing, jewelry, and gifts. MonThurs, 11-7; Fri-sat, 11-10; sun, 12-8. [Redwood City: 816 Middlefield Rd.; 650/367-7043]

designed and curated by owner ruti, whose styles reflect her israeli roots. open daily. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real. 650/391-9719]

smIth alder south Bay

This intimate boutique represents over 30 designers, featuring unique, beautiful and artistic american-made and european

womenswear, art jewelry and accessories. open daily. [San Jose: 377 Santana Row, Suite 1055; 408/260-7555]

a touch oF FlaIr the PenInsula

shop for art-inspired clothing and accessories by local and national designers and artists. Mon-sat, 10-5. [Burlingame: 308 Lorton Ave.; 650/347-4626]

marGaret o’leary the PenInsula

Based in san Francisco, this clothing company is renowned for its rich collections of cutting-edge knitwear. open daily. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village; 650/681-8000]

mornInG Glory the PenInsula

This owner-managed boutique offers an incredible selection of clothing with a vintage influence from los angeles, new york, Paris and italy. Mon-sat, 10-6; sun, 125. [Burlingame: 1436 Burlingame Ave.; 650/340-0301]



PhyllIs BoutIque the PenInsula

Known for its edgy fashions, this longtime women’s boutique specializes in european and american clothing by avant garde independent designers. Mon-sat, 10-6; sun, 1-5. [Palo Alto: 540 Ramona St.; 650/323-4912]

romI BoutIque the PenInsula

This fashion forward boutique specializes in premium jeans, edgy t-shirts and designer casual wear. Mon-Fri, 10-6:30; sat, 10-7; sun, 11-6. [Palo Alto: 624 Emerson St.; 650/322-7664]

rutI the PenInsula

This store with a striking, minimalist interior offers chic and modern apparel, footwear and accessories Discover silicon valley • 19

art Glass

annIeGlass south Bay

Handcrafted glass tableware and gifts for the home by award-winning annie Morhauser are offered here, along with a thoughtfully curated selection of beautiful jewelry. Mon-sat, 10-9; sun, 11-7. [San Jose: 377 Santana Row; 408/753-9115]

Mon-Thurs, 11-9; Fri-sat, 11-7; sun, 12-7. [San Jose: 1066 The Alameda, 408/286-6275]

Flea market

san Jose Flea market south Bay

located ten miles north of santa cruz, this studio offers an exquisite array of blown-glass art for the home. Mon-sat, 11-4. [Davenport: 131 Old Coast Rd.; 831/423-2532]

visit the original flea market, the one that started the trend that has spread across the U.s. serving the Bay area since 1960, this market is a destination for family fun. looking for an offbeat item? you’ll probably find it here. you’ll even find a ¼ mile-long farmers’ market, dozens of restaurants and snack bars, and live entertainment. Free admission. open Wed & Fri-sun. [San Jose: 1590 Berryessa Rd.; 408/453-1110]

scandIa home the PenInsula

aZuca south Bay

lundBerG studIos santa cruZ coast


From down comforters and pillows to bed linens and blankets, scandia Home offers the highest quality of bedding, combining american sensibility with european craftsmanship to bring effortless luxury to everyday life. Mon-sat, 10-7; sun, 11-5. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real; 650/326-8583]


kePler’s the PenInsula

Founded in 1955, this independent bookstore is the intellectual and cultural hub for the Peninsula, known and loved for its literary events, knowledgeable staff, and broad selection of books and magazines. Mon-sat, 9-10; sun, 9-8. [Menlo Park: 1010 El Camino Real; 650/324-4321]

recycle Bookstore south Bay

combine a huge selection with a comfortable, spacious environment and you get this unique bookstore designed for those who love to browse for literature, mystery, science fiction, history, cooking, children’s, art, and more. 20 • Discover silicon valley


a wide array of unique items includes jewelry, art glass, handbags, wall art, pottery, sculpture, children’s items, whimsical clocks and much more. sun-Thurs, 11-6; Frisat, 11-9. [Los Gatos: 11-1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-1680]

home FurnIshInGs & accessorIes BrIck monkey the PenInsula

Home interiors at this furnishing store highlight the handmade steel and iron Kolkka collection, as well as accent furniture, upholstery, lighting, gifts, and accessories. Mon-Fri. 10-6; sat, 10-5; sun, 124. [Redwood City: 2400 Broadway St. #120; 650/260-1155]


Blacy’s FIne JeWelers south Bay

step into the luxury world of exclusive crisscut diamonds and elegant jewelry from internationally acclaimed designers at this comfortably intimate boutique. TuesWed, 10-5; Thurs-sat, 10-6. [Los Gatos: 51 University Ave.; 408/354-9500]

de GallerIe south Bay

This boutique offers a complete selection of swarovski crystal jewelry, watches, and fashion accessories as well as decorative art for the home. Mon-Fri, 12-8; sat, 118; sun, 11-7. [Milpitas: 480 Barber Lane; 408/432-1082]

Gehrkens FIne JeWelry south Bay

Proprietor Kenneth Gehrkens crafts elegant jewelry using the finest gems, pearls, diamonds and gold, making this jewelry store a los Gatos favorite for well over 25 years. [Los Gatos: 3 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/354-2557]

shreve & co the PenInsula

This established retailer headquartered in san Francisco offers luxury watches, timepieces, earrings, necklaces, bridal jewelry or estate pieces. Mon-Fri, 10-7:30; sat, 106:30; sun, 11-5:30. [Palo Alto: 329 Stanford Shopping Center; 650/327-2211]


charmelle 28 the PenInsula

a selection from leading european designers includes lise charmel, simone Perele, aubade, Prima Donna, cosabella, Wolford, christine vancouver, i.D. sarrieri, Hanky Panky, Marie Jo and more. sizes range from 28a-48i. Mon-sat, 106; sun, 12-5. [Palo Alto: 547 Bryant St.; 650/323-7979]

ela lInGerIe the PenInsula

This boutique features high-quality lingerie from leading european designers in sizes 32a–46H. along with well-known brands such as lise charmel, le Mystere, aubade, Wolford, Prima Donna and simone Perele, ela also features exciting new designers such as Marlies Dekkers, Fleur T and i.D. sarrieri, in styles from everyday to special occasion. Beautiful sleepwear and loungewear includes styles by italy’s rossella and other leading designers. expert fittings are of-

fered by owner, Marcia. Both women and men feel welcome to shop here. Mon-sat, 11-6. [Menlo Park: 1139 Chestnut St.; 650/325-2965]

French theFt lInGerIe south Bay

a tightly edited selection of fine bras, sleepwear, and hosiery ranges from fine european brands such as lise charmel, samantha chang, and Marlies Dekkers to independent Bay area and new york designers of limited edition luxury lingerie. Tues-Thurs, 11-6, Fri-sat; 11-7, sun 12-5. [Los Gatos: 59 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite A; 408/395-6529]

The Art of Being a Woman Exquisite Lingerie, Sleepwear, and Hosiery from the Finest European Designers ~Beautifully Fitted~

1139 Chestnut Street, Menlo Park • 650.325.2965

romantIques lInGerIe south Bay

an extensive selection of underpinnings and difficult-to-find bra sizes for women of all ages and sizes includes intimates from aubade, cosabella, Hanky Panky, and simone Perele, and more plus dresses, skirts, pants, and tops. sun-Mon, 11-5; Tues-sat, 10-6. [Los Gatos: 51 University Ave.; 408/395-7749]

toys & Games

automoBuIld south Bay

This friendly family-run store offers a fun assortment of models, remote control cars, puzzles and building-type toys. Mon-sat, 10– 6; sun, 10-5. [Los Gatos: 21 W. Main St.; 408/402-3818]

oddyssea on the coast

From mind-engaging board games to fossils, rocks and terraniums, one-of-a-kind curios and products encourage an interactive arts and sciences experience. open ThursTues, 11-5. [Half Moon Bay: 617 Main St.; 650/440-4555]

sIerra toy soldIer comPany south Bay

High quality collectibles range from historical figures to model aircraft. Mon-sat, 10–6; sun, 12– 5. [Los Gatos: 29 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-3000] v Discover silicon valley • 21

exploring the wineries of santa clara valley & the santa cruz mountains

From the San Francisco Peninsula to Monterey, winemakers have found grape-growing perfection in the coastal climate of the Santa Cruz region and the warm, rolling hills of southern Santa Clara County. Defined by the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains, these two distinctive landscapes and climates host more than 75 small, familyrun wineries. Since the first Spanish settlements 200 years ago, vineyards have flourished in these sunlit canyons and foothills crowned by stands of oak and redwood. In the late 1800s, European entrepreneurs arrived with cuttings of Zinfandel and Riesling and began planting vineyards along the east-facing slopes. More recently, growing acclaim for the region’s wines has led to a boom in new plantings. Whether touring the rolling back roads of the southern Santa Clara County vineyards or the more precipitous slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, you’ll encounter unforgettable scenery along with some of the world’s most distinctive wines. For further information on Santa Clara Valley wineries, visit; for Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, visit

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tastInG rooms

BIG BasIn vIneyards

Thurs, sun, Mon: 12-5; Fri-sat: 12-7. [Saratoga: 14598 Big Basin Way; 408/564-7346]

Bonny doon vIneyard

Daily, 11-4:30. [Davenport: 450 Hwy 1; 831/819-6789]

Burrell school vIneyards

sat-sun, 11-5. [Los Gatos: 24060 Summit Rd.; 408/353-6290]

ByInGton WInery

Daily, 11-5. [Los Gatos: 21850 Bear Creek Rd.; 408/354-1111]

cInnaBar WInery

sun-Thurs, 12-6; Fri-sat, 12-5. [Saratoga: 14612 Big Basin Way; 408/867-1012]

clos lachance

Daily, 11-4:30. [San Martin: 1 Hummingbird Ln.; 408/6861050]

cooPer-Garrod vIneyards

Weekdays, 12-5; weekends, 11-5. [Saratoga: 22645 Garrod Rd.; 408/867-7116]

davId Bruce WInery

Fri, 12-3; sat-sun, 11-4. (Los Gatos 21439 Bear Creek Rd.; 408/399-5907]

GuGlIelmo WInery

This third generation, familyowned winery produces a wide variety of award-winning varietals from 80 acres of santa clara valley estate vineyards, as well as from other premium winegrowing regions within california. Tasting daily, 10-5. (Morgan Hill: 1480 E. Main Ave.; 408/779-2145]

hecker Pass WInery

Daily, 10-5. (Gilroy: 4605 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/842-8755]

J. lohr vIneyards & WInes

Family owned and founded by Jerry lohr in 1974, J. lohr crafts an array of acclaimed wines from 3,700-acre estate vineyards in Paso robles, Monterey and napa valley. Tasting daily, 10-5. (San Jose: 1000 Lenzen Ave.; 408/918-2160]

Jason-stePhens WInery

Daily 12-4:45pm. [Gilroy: 11775 Watsonville Rd.; 408/846-8463]

la neBBIa WInery

Full-bodied reds made of grapes sourced from premium california wine-growing regions include sangiovese, Zinfandel, and a caber-

net/ Merlot blend. The pleasant grounds include a picnic area and a bocce ball court. open daily, 10-5. [Half Moon Bay: 12341 San Mateo Rd.; 650/726-9463]

morGan hIll cellars

Tues-sun, 10-5. [Morgan Hill: 1645 San Pedro Ave.; 408/779-7389]

mountaIn WInery

Thurs-sun, 12-5. [Saratoga: 14831 Pierce Rd.; 408/741-2822]

PIcchettI WInery

Tasting daily, 11-5. [Cupertino. 13100 Montebello Rd.; 408/7411310]

reGale WInery

Fri-sun, 12-5. [Los Gatos: 24040 Summit Rd.; 408/353-2500]

rIdGe vIneyards

sat-sun, 11-5; weekdays by reservation. [Cupertino: 17100 Monte Bello Rd.; 408/867-3233]

sarah’s vIneyard

Daily, 12-5. [Gilroy: 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/847-1947]


Daily, 9-5. [Saratoga: 23600 Congress Springs Rd.; 408/741-2930]

solIs WInery

Daily, 11-5. [Gilroy: 3920 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/847-6306]

storrs WInery

Daily, 12-5. [Santa Cruz: Old Sash Mill; 831/458-5030]

surF cIty vIntners

Focused on eclectic wines and casual settings, a cluster of microboutique wineries—including santa cruz Mountain, MJa, silver Mountain, and equinox—makes this former warehouse space a popular tasting destination. [West Santa Cruz: At Swift & Ingalls Sts.;]

sycamore creek vIneyards

Thurs, Fri, Mon, 12-5; sat-sun, 115. [Morgan Hill: 12775 Uvas Rd.; 408/779-4738]

testarossa WInery

sample acclaimed chardonnays and Pinot noirs in the tasting room or on the outdoor Wine Bar deck. Daily, 11-5. [Los Gatos: 300A College Ave.; 408/354-6150]

thomas FoGarty WInery

Thurs-sun, 11-5. [Woodside: 19501 Skyline Blvd.; 650/8516777]

thomas kruse WInery

Tues-sun, 12-5pm. [Gilroy: 3200 Dryden Ave.; 408/842-7016] v

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the area’s beaches are ruggedly beautiful, many wind-swept or protected by high cliffs. Find a private cove, soak up the sun with other beachgoers, examine tide pools, or walk down long stretches of sand. a few may even venture into the frigid water. located on the northwest side of santa cruz, the beautiful, moonshaped Natural Bridges State Beach features a natural rock arch that gives the beach its name. The bridge provides an excellent vantage point from which to view seals, otters, and migrating whales. With a backdrop of sandy cliffs, secluded, clothing-optional Panther Beach (about 7 miles north of santa cruz) is a picturesque spot with caves to explore. a mile or so further north, just past Bonny Doon road, Shark Fin Cove is a small pocket beach with spectacular sea stacks, and slightly north yet, Davenport Beach is a dramatic, secluded beach in a protected cove—a choice spot for surfers and windsurfers. continue north to reach the beautiful cliff-backed Greyhound Rock Beach, popular for whale watching and tide pooling, or carry on past año nuevo state refuge and come to the open, peaceful, duned Gazos Creek State Beach. Further north, the beautiful, secluded Bean Hollow State Beach invites strolling, tide pooling, fishing, and beachcombing; at the northern end, Pebble Beach is known for its unusual honeycomb-like sandstone rock formations and its water-worn pebbles. The state beaches of Pescadero and San Gregorio offer long stroll-worthy stretches of sand along dramatic bluffs while north of Half Moon Bay, the long, curved Montara Beach is cradled by imposing bluffs and popular with surfers. steep trails at the northern end of the beach lead to Gray Whale Cove State Beach, a scenic and sheltered clothing-optional cove. 24 • Discover silicon valley

Prefer to be with the crowds? in santa cruz itself, Cowell (Main) Beach is popular for sports such as volleyball and windsurfing. The long sandy Seabright Beach sits between the Beach Boardwalk and the santa cruz Harbor. Just off West cliff Drive, surfing conditions are ideal at Lighthouse Field State Beach, the location of the famed surfing mecca, Steamer Lane. With a mile of sandy shoreline, Twin Lakes State Beach is one of the area’s warmest beaches, popular for swimming and picnicking; an adjacent lake is a good location for bird watching. sand and surf front the village of capitola at Capitola Beach; its esplanade is lined with restaurants and shops that paint a scene of summer perfection. Just south of capitola, backed by bluffs with cypress and Monterey pine, New Brighton State Beach offers a long stretch of sand with bay views, popular with families, while fishing and swimming are popular along Seacliff State Beach in aptos, home to the historic Palo alto cement ship. in Half Moon Bay area, the four-mile stretch of Half Moon State Beach is the popular destination for familes, whether for picknicking, sunbathing or fishing.

adrenaline-seekers can brave the surf off santa cruz beaches, while beginners can enjoy paddling the gentle kelp beds of Monterey Bay, exploring the elkhorn slough reserve south of Watsonville, or paddling the harbor waters north Half Moon Bay. Kayak rentals and lessons are offered at Kayak Connection (831/4791121) at santa cruz Harbor; Venture Quest Kayaking (831/4258445) at the santa cruz Wharf; and through California Canoe & Kayak (650/728-1803) and Half Moon Bay Kayak Company (650/773-6101), both at Princeton-by-the-sea.

charter boats ply the Pacific from santa cruz seasonally in search of rock and ling cod, halibut, salmon, and albacore. These charter boats also offer whale watching trips, popular during the gray whale migration season, December through March. Try Stagnaro Charter Boats (831/427-0230); or Chartle Charters (831/336-2244). From Half Moon Bay, charter services include Riptide Charters (650/728-8433); Half Moon Bay Sportfishing & Tackle (650/728-3377); Queen of Hearts Sportfishing (650/581-2628); and Huli Cat Sportfishing (650/726-2926).

o’neill sUrF sHoP

Protected from rough water but exposed to steady and consistent winds, santa cruz Harbor is an ideal sailing port. For instruction, bareboat charters, or skippered charters, Pacific Yachting and Sailing (831/374-2626) at santa cruz Harbor has a fleet of 14 sailing yachts year-round, while Chardonnay Sailing Charters (831/423-1213) offers exciting excursions for everyone from seasoned sailors to landlubbers aboard its 70-foot luxury sailing yacht.

... Perfectly positioned to catch all directions of Pacific swell, Santa Cruz beaches offer great surfing and bodyboarding. Eager to try out the famed break at Steamer Lane? Rent a board and wetsuit at cowell’s Beach surf shop (831/427-2355) in Santa Cruz or o’neill surf shop (831/4754151) in Capitola. For lessons, try club ed surf school at the Santa Cruz Wharf (831/4640177). In Half Moon Bay, surf lessons are offered by open ocean surfing (650/867-0315). Discover silicon valley • 25

located on the southern end of san Jose, Almaden Quicksilver County Park (san Jose; 408/2683883] is full of roads once used to transport cinnabar to the reduction works. Trails through chaparral, oak woodlands, and grasslands open up to valley views. •Fremont Older Space Preserve (saratoga; 650/691-1200) in the west valley foothills offers hiking purists a treat with forested hillsides, open hayfields, a verdant canyon, and a 900-foot peak offering stunning valley views. •Further north, Rancho San Antonio Preserve (los altos; 650/691-1200) just off Hwy. 280 is a local favorite with 23 miles of trails through shaded creeks, open meadows, and oak woodlands, many with valley views.

the silicon valley region is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with gorgeous parks and preserves, a rugged coast with stunning beaches, and ideal weather most of the year. here are some of our top picks; for more, visit california’s oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park (Boulder creek; 831/338-8860) is home to the largest continuous stand of ancient old-growth redwoods south of san Francisco—some of which are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the statue of liberty! More than 80 miles of trails travel from sea level to 2,000 feet past streams, waterfalls, and superb vistas of the ocean and coastal mountains. •Castle Rock State Park (los Gatos; 408/867-2952) is a popular place to hike thanks to its unusual rock formations tailor-made for climbing. The forest here is lush and mossy, crisscrossed by 32 miles of trails. The big destination is Goat rock—a sandstone outcropping with stunning vistas of the santa cruz Mountains. •With over 80,000 acres of open space, Henry W. Coe State Park (Morgan Hill; 408/779-2728) is northern california’s largest state park. rugged, varied, and beautiful, the terrain includes lofty ridges and steep canyons, plus over 250 miles of hiking trails that vary in levels of difficulty and 100 miles of rugged roads and trails for experienced mountain bikers. •overlooking Half Moon Bay, complete with a creek, towering redwoods and coastal shrubs, Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve (650/691-1200; parking at skyline Blvd. or Higgins-Purissima rd.) offers over 20 miles of developed trails and historic logging roads. a 1,600-foot climb opens up to coastal views. 26 • Discover silicon valley

Known for its towering old-growth redwoods, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (Felton; 831/335-4598) offers 30 miles of trails, some leading to small, isolated sandy beaches on the san lorenzo river and others to overlooks with views of the santa cruz Mountains and peeks at Monterey Bay. •a network of trails in three separate parks of Pescadero Creek County Park (la Honda; 879-0238) lead through the hills and redwood forests of along Pescadero creek: Memorial Park features old-growth redwoods, picnic facilities, a visitor center, a swimming area, and hiking trails; shady sam McDonald Park provides views of rolling grasslands, the Pacific ocean, and old-growth redwoods; and Heritage Grove is a magnificent old-growth redwood forest on alpine creek. [La Honda: At Alpine and Pescadero Rds.; 650/879-0238]

over 70 area options range from municipal courses to private clubs, some of which are even world-renowned. Be sure to book a tee time as early as possible. here are some highlights; For more, visit

Boulder creek GolF cluB

surrounded by redwoods and lakes, this 18-hole, par-65 course is both scenic and challenging. [Boulder Creek: 16901 Big Basin Hwy.; 831/338-2111]

cInnaBar hIlls GolF cluB

Blended with great views are 27 holes of championship-caliber golf offered in three distinct scenic courses: canyon, lake, and mountain. [San Jose: 23600 McKean Rd.; 408/323-7814]

coyote creek GolF cluB

Two spectacular 18-hole courses feature state-of-the-art GPs systems. [Morgan Hill: 1 Coyote Creek Golf Dr.; 408/463-1400]

crystal sPrInGs GolF cluB

This par-72 golf course overlooks open space. [Burlingame: 6650 Golf Course Dr.; 650/342-0603]

delaveaGa GolF course

Perched atop the hills surrounding santa cruz, this course offers championship-caliber golf amid natural beauty. [Santa Cruz: 401 Upper Park Rd.; 831/423-7214]

halF moon Bay GolF lInks

ocean views are part of the pleasure at these two challenging, award-winning 18-hole courses. Private lessons and group clinics are available. [Half Moon Bay: 2000 Fairway Dr.; 650/7264438]

Palo alto munIcIPal GolF course

Facilities at this par-72 course include a practice range and putting greens. [Palo Alto: 1875 Embarcadero Rd.; 650/856-0881]

PasatIemPo GolF cluB

This 18-hole, par-70 course is considered one of the top three in california. [Santa Cruz: 20 Clubhouse Rd.; 831/459-9155]

san Juan oaks GolF cluB

This 18-hole, par-72 course is set against a pastoral background of rolling hills and oak trees. [Hollister: 3825 Union Rd.; 831/636-6113]

santa clara GolF & tennIs cluB

This 18-hole course offers a lighted practice range and putting greens. [Santa Clara: 5155 Stars and Stripes Dr.; 408/980-9515]

shorelIne GolF lInks

This challenging bayside 18-hole course is set within shoreline Park. [Mountain View: 2940 N. Shoreline Blvd.; 650/969-2041] v

The Best Golf in Silicon Valley

eaGle rIdGe GolF cluB

This upscale club offers an 18hole course scenically nestled in the foothills. [Gilroy: 2951 Club Dr.; 408/846-4531]

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no first-time visit to san Francisco is complete without experiencing Fisherman’s Wharf—a tourism mecca replete with seafood eateries, the Aquarium of the Bay, and rafts of california sea lions hanging out on the docks. Pier 39, the wharf’s hub, teems with shops, restaurants, and entertainment. it is also the place to buy tickets for a variety of scenic boating tours as well as the ferry to Alcatraz Island, once the location of san Francisco’s infamous, maximum-security prison. next, follow the embarcadero along the waterfront toward the Bay Bridge to reach the historic Ferry Building, now restored as a lively complex of restaurants and cafés, some with sweeping bay views, plus shops, and a farmers market (Tues, Thurs, & sat). on the way, you’ll pass the waterfront Exploratorium at Pier 15, with fascinating exhibits exploring science,

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art, and human perception. Walk a few blocks in from the waterfront and you’re in North Beach, along with Little Italy, known for its restaurants, cafés, and bookstores, and where the nightlife still echoes the flavor of the city’s bawdy Barbary coast days. From there, hop onto one of the city’s historic cable cars and clang your way to Union Square,


where you can shop to your heart’s content at elegant department stores and specialty boutiques. Then head to Nob Hill for some of the city’s best views as well as numerous architectural delights including Grace Cathedral, reminiscent of notre Dame in Paris. Just a few blocks away, get a taste of asia at the markets, shops, and restaurants in Chinatown,

where colorful pagoda roofs and lantern-adorned balconies are separated by alleyways filled with the redolence of spices. or head southwest to reach the Civic Center, the city’s government as well as cultural hub. There at Davies Symphony Hall you can catch top-notch symphonic performances, while ballet and opera are offered in the neighboring War Memorial Opera House. also at the civic center, the Asian Art Museum offers one of the most comprehensive asian art collections in the world. The district just south of Market street, known as SoMa, encompasses two square miles of shops, galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, and theaters, plus the newly expanded and transformed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. overlooking the bay is the beautiful AT&T Park, home turf for the san Francisco Giants. West of soMa, the predominantly Hispanic Mission District offers an eclectic collection of markets, dining spots, nightlife, and shops and the city’s oldest building, Mission Dolores. With eye-catching murals and rainbow flags proudly waving, the colorful Castro District is worth a visit, too. one of the first gay neighborhoods in the U.s., it remains the core of the city’s lGBT community. For vintage shops with a funky flair, head to Haight-Ashbury, the laid-back heart of the 1960s counter-culture movement where the spirit is still alive. at Golden Gate Park, you can explore the marvels of the ocean, earth, and space all under a living roof planted with natural grasses at the California Academy of Sciences; stroll through the peaceful Japanese Tea Garden; or catch a world-class art exhibit at the de Young Museum. More art can be viewed at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, a destination not only for its exhibits but for its striking architecture and setting overlooking the city’s most famous landmark—the Golden Gate Bridge. cross this bridge to the vista point on the Marin county side for a breathtaking view of the city from afar. v



THE MoNTEREy PENiNSulA MEETS THE PACiFiC oCEAN iN A JAGGED CoASTliNE, SPRAyED WiTH SEA MiST, BuRSTiNG WiTH FloWERS, AND BACKED By RuGGED MouNTAiNS. Protected as part of the national Marine sanctuary, Monterey Bay is home to whales, orcas, sea otters, seals, sea lions, and a variety of aquatic birds. a hike along the scenic shoreline trail will often reward you with sightings of these fascinating sea animals. For spectacular close-up views of marine life, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, recognized as one of the world’s premier aquariums. next door, historic Cannery Row—made famous by author John steinbeck— was the center of a thriving sardine fishing industry in the 1920s and 30s and is now an attraction teeming with galleries, shops, and restaurants. at Fisherman’s Wharf, sample fresh seafood at any of several restaurants, shop for souvenirs, or hop on a whale-watching tour. experience the county’s coast without having to leave your car by driving the 17-Mile Drive. This beautiful road offers sweeping panoramas of the coast as it winds through Pebble Beach from Pacific Grove to carmel; along the way, you’ll drive past stately mansions and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links. Highlights include the Cypress Point Lookout and the Lone Cypress, a 200-year-old tree whose tenacious hold on the rocks has inspired countless artists. south of Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a shopper’s paradise. equally famed for its picturesque cottages, flower-bedecked gardens, and silky white-sand beach as for its boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, carmel begs to be explored on foot. The town’s earliest historic site, Carmel Mission, is one of the loveliest of the california missions. it is also well worth taking an inland detour to explore Carmel Valley’s rural landscape, and stop at one of several wineries to taste some of the finest fruits of the vine. With close to 85 wineries, Monterey county is one of the largest wine regions in the country. Time permitting, a trip through even more memorable scenery can be taken by heading south on Highway 1 to Big Sur, a 26-mile stretch of coastline where the road winds through steep canyons and along the tops of dramatic cliffs. The northern gateway is just south of carmel at Point Lobos State Reserve, popular for its scenic walking trails. in Big sur itself, places to stop include Andrew Molera State Park, where the Big sur river enters the ocean, Pfeiffer Beach, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, where an 80-foot waterfall cascades into the ocean. v Discover silicon valley • 29

happy hour after a day at work. Beer and wine also offered. MonThurs, 7:30am-10pm; Fri, 7:30am-midnight; sat, 8am-midnight; sun, 8am-9pm. [San Jose: 315 S. 1st St.; 408/287-0400]

cascal latIn amerIcan/sPanIsh the PenInsula

old World taste meets new World appeal at this vibrant restaurant that brings together the traditions, flavors and hospitality of spain and latin america. Tapasstyle plates, ceviches, paellas, and sexy cocktails are offered in colorful, stylish setting. open daily from 11:30am for lunch, tapas and dinner. live music Fri-sat night. [Mountain View: 400 Castro St.; 650/940-9500]

cheF chu’s chInese the PenInsula

alexander’s steakhouse steakhouse south Bay

Melding innovation and tradition, this refined steakhouse features its own dry-aging room and an award-winning wine list. Preparations of american and Japanese imported Wagyu beef reflect creative influences. lunch: Tues-sat. Dinner nightly. [Cupertino: 19379 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/446-2222]

arcadIa contemPorary amerIcan south Bay

culinary surprises abound at this stylish eatery—precisely what you’d expect from acclaimed chef Michael Mina, known for his innovative twists on american classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 100 W. San Carlos St.; 408/278-4555]

BIrk’s amerIcan, classIc south Bay

This first-rate establishment with a vibrant city ambience offers the 30 • Discover silicon valley

finest of steaks, chops and seafood cooked over almond wood and mesquite charcoal. Highlights include prime, grassfed and certified angus beef along with an award-winning wine list, craft beers and cocktails. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner: nightly from 5. Bar menu: 2:30-9:30. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4-6; sat, 57. [Santa Clara: 3955 Freedom Circle; 408/980-6400]

caFé cruZ seasonal/calIFornIa santa cruZ coast

This gem south of santa cruz offers a lively atmosphere with Tuscan fireplaces and a heated patio. The menu highlights california cuisine and great wines, with a focus on local. Full bar. lunch & dinner: Mon-sat. [Soquel: 2621 41st Ave.; 831/476-3801]

caFFe FrascatI south Bay

Find a little slice of italy right in the heart of downtown san Jose. sip one of their famous cappuccinos, try a tasty panini, experience some live music, or just enjoy

a Peninsula favorite since 1970, this family-owned restaurant has a menu with something for everyone. Favorites include Hunan chicken; baked miso-glazed sea bass; crispy sichuan beef; and lovers’ Prawns. lunch and dinner daily. [Los Altos: 1067 N. San Antonio Rd.; 650/948-2696]

chevys mexIcan south Bay

Home of fresh Mex, all menu items here—from fajitas and ribs to roasted salsa and tortillas—are prepared fresh to order and served in a lively border cantinastyle atmosphere. lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 5305 Almaden Expwy.; 408/266-1815. Also Gilroy: 8440 Murray Ave.; 408/847-2726]

cIn-cIn contemPorary amerIcan south Bay

This stylish neighborhood restaurant and wine bar features contemporary american cuisine, a Wine spectator award-winning wine list and innovative cocktails. Dinner: Mon-sat. [Los Gatos: 368 Village Ln.; 408/354-8006]

centonove ItalIan south Bay






at this neighborhood trattoria, wood-fired antipasti and pizzas, house-made pastas, and other italian specialties are matched by a noteworthy list of italian wines and beers. lunch: Fri-sun. Dinner nightly. [Los Gatos: 109 W. Main St.; 408/384-4007]

croW’s nest seaFood santa cruZ coast

Wall-to-wall windows offer ocean and harbor views. The friendly, casual atmosphere and exceptional food have made this restaurant a favorite since 1969. The menu features delicious fresh seafood, Midwestern aged beef, shellfish, pasta, and an abundant salad bar. Breads, desserts and pastries are house-baked daily. The upstairs grill serves appetizers and casual meals throughout the day; live music and dancing are offered in the lounge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. [Santa Cruz: On the beach at the Yacht Harbor; 831/476-4560]

darda IslamIc chInese south Bay


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Award-Winning Wine List Lunch Mon-Fri | Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3:30-6pm Dinner Nightly from 5pm

3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara (at 101 & Great America Pkwy) 408.980.6400

Fresh seafood and Prime dry aged steaks with a View of

downtown San Jose

specializing in halal chinese cuisine, Darda uses nine unique cooking techniques to prepare delicious specialties such as mu shu dishes; fish and meat stews; chow mein; fried rice; bean curd dishes; and dim sum. seafood, poultry, beef, lamb and vegetarian entrees also on the menu. lunch and dinner daily. [Milpitas: Milpitas Square, 296 Barber Ct.; 408/433-5199]

dIo deka Greek south Bay

This luxurious spot at Hotel los Gatos mends classic Hellenic cuisine with contemporary Greek and Mediterranean emphasizing healthy, seasonal fare. an international wine list features 1,500 selections with 30 available by the glass. Dinner nightly. [Los Gatos: 210 E Main St.; 408/354-7700]

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esPetus BraZIlIan the PenInsula

This churrascaria offers authentic Brazilian fare served rodizio style. Different cuts of premium-quality meats are spit-roasted and brought to your table by waiters. a diverse cocktail and wine menu, and a bar with side dishes, round off your meal. lunch and dinner daily. [San Mateo: 710 S. B St.; 650/342-8700]

FoGo de chão BraZIlIan south Bay

all-you-can-eat meat is carved tableside the gaucho way and enjoyed alongside an extensive salad bar. Full bar. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch: sat-sun. [San Jose: 377 Santana Row; 408/244-7001]

ForBes mIll steakhouse south Bay

READERS CHOICE FOR BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT -Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, Palo Alto Daily

This sophisticated restaurant offers Prime certified angus beef and all-natural Kobe beef, along with seafood choices such as raw oysters, Furikake ahi tuna and West australian lobster tail. Dinner daily. [Los Gatos: 206 North Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-6434]

evvIa estIatorIo Greek the PenInsula

signature Greek dishes are found alongside local interpretations of traditional Hellenic favorites at this charming downtown restaurant. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. [Palo Alto: 420 Emerson St.; 650/326-0983]

Farmers unIon GastroPuB south Bay

A PENINSULA T R AD I T I ON S I N CE 1 9 7 0 1067 N. San Antonio Road at El Camino, Los Altos • 650.948.2696 LUNCH & DINNER • BANQUETS • COCKTAILS • GOURMET FOOD TO GO 32 • Discover silicon valley

This gastropub dishes up tasty items from a wood-burning oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie along with craft beers on tap, quality wines, and cocktails. lunch and dinner daily. sunday Brunch. [San Jose: 151 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/277-0545]

the GrIll on the alley steakhouse south Bay

Modeled after the great grills of new york in the 1930s and ’40s, this renowned steakhouse offers a classic american menu with a wide selection of steaks, chops, seafood and pasta. extensive wine list. lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: Fairmont Hotel, 172 S. Market St.; 408/294-2244]

henry’s hI-lIFe amerIcan, classIc south Bay

Barbecued ribs have reigned supreme for over 50 years at this well-loved old road house, along with steaks and chicken. This is san Jose’s spot to catch the sports action on Tv or to be on a sharks game night. lunch: TuesFri. Dinner nightly. [San Jose: 301 W. St. John St.; 408/2955414]

house oF GenJI JaPanese south Bay

enjoy a meal that’s as delicious as it is entertaining. House specials are prepared by expert chefs who cook at your table on a Teppan grill. Try the Genji combination of steak and jumbo prawns—it’s been a favorite for more than 40 years! sushi is also available. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:302. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-9:30; Fri, 5-10; sat, 4-10; sun, 4-9. [San Jose: 1335 N. First St.; 408/453-8120]

Il FornaIo ItalIan south Bay

classic italian food is served in a stylishly informal setting. a focus on italian and california wines along with exhibition kitchens are all part of il Fornaio’s signature style. lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 302 S. Market St.; 408/271-3366. Santa Clara: 2752 Augustine Dr.; 408/2178844]

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Il Postale ItalIan south Bay

This italian-american bistro is a popular spot in sunnyvale’s lively downtown area. The menu’s offerings range from carpaccio and bruschetta to a wide range of tasty entrées and pastas—plus a great dessert list! lunch: Mon-Fri; Dinner, daily. [Sunnyvale: 100 S. Murphy Ave.; 408/733-9600]

kyoto Palace JaPanese south Bay

enjoy a fun-filled evening of dining at this spot popular for its special combination of cuisine and showmanship. Try an entrée of lobster, scallops, prawns or steak and be amazed by the professional chefs as they slice, chop, dice, and flip your meal right before your eyes on a teppan grill. or sit at the sushi bar and watch the sushi chefs at work. lunch: Mon-Fi. Dinner nightly. [Campbell: Pruneyard Shopping Center, 1875 S. Bascom Ave.; 408/377-6456]

la costanera PeruvIan halF moon Bay coast

This oceanside restaurant with dramatic views offers modern fusion Peruvian cuisine, from ceviches to slow-braised pork shoulder, paellas, and a wide variety of seafood. Full bar. Dinner: Tues-sun. [Montara: 8150 Cabrillo Hwy.; 888/370-6801]

le PaPIllon French, contemPorary south Bay

since 1977, le Papillon has carried out a tradition of serving the finest cuisine, beautifully presented in an elegant, quiet setting. executive chef scott cooper prepares sumptuous epicurean delights from the freshest seasonal ingredients; his prix fixe and tasting menus reflect his amazing culinary talents, passion, and dedication to world-class cuisine. Private rooms available. Dinner daily. [San Jose: 410 Saratoga Ave.; 408/296-3730] 34 • Discover silicon valley

madera contemPorary amerIcan the PenInsula

a menu of market-driven cuisine is centered on a wood-burning grill. outdoor seating offers mountain views. lunch: Mon-sat. Brunch: sun. Dinner nightly. [Menlo Park: Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, 2825 Sand Hill Rd.; 650/561-1540]

manresa seasonal/calIFornIa south Bay

chef-proprietor David Kinch’s Michelin 3-star eatery offers exceptional farm-to-table tasting menus showcases the finest of each season’s products. Dinner: Wed-sun. [Los Gatos: 320 Village Ln; 408/354-4330]

marIanI’s restaurant amerIcan, classIc south Bay

banquet facilities for up to 300. located close to the airport and to light rail. Dinner: nightly 6-10. [San Jose: 41 E. Gish Rd. at N. First St.; 408/453-1983]

menlo GrIll BIstro & Bar amerIcan, classIc the PenInsula

casual yet sophisticated, this classic american grill serves fresh, locally sourced seasonal cuisine. Both bistro style indoor seating or summer outdoor fireside dining in the courtyard are offered. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. [Menlo Park: Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real; 650/3302790]

meZcal mexIcan south Bay

This storied restaurant at Mariani’s inn serves american and italian cuisine, with menu items such as eggs Benedic, prime rib, and pastas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; sunday champagne brunch. [Santa Clara: 2500 El Camino Real; 408/243-1431]

oaxacan art, brick walls and a beautiful bar create a distinctive atmosphere for dining on authentic oaxacan and traditional Mexican cuisine. The full bar includes a wide range of tequilas. Patio seating available. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner daily. [Downtown San Jose: 25 W. San Fernando St.; 408/283-9595]

serving fine cantonese cuisine, this restaurant is renowned for its sumptuous dim sum at lunchtime, while the regular menu highlights a tremendous variety of seafood. Dim sum, lunch and dinner daily. [Milpitas: Milpitas Square, 428 Barber Lane; 408/922-2700]

enjoy generous servings of seafood, steak, veal, venison, pasta and homemade desserts in a rustic, candle-lit dining room. lunch served sun starting at 2pm. Dinner served Wed-sun. [Woodside: 13808 Skyline Blvd.; 650/851-8541]

mayFloWer chInese; seaFood south Bay

menara moroccan moroccan south Bay

This casablanca-style restaurant with exotic architectural details, jewel-toned pillows and plush couches offers authentic Moroccan cuisine, served finger-food style. a choice of six-course meals, a full bar, enchanting cocktails and belly dancing Thurs-sat are all part of the offerings. Menara also offers a full bar and

the mountaIn house amerIcan, classIc the PenInsula

morton’s steakhouse south Bay

Morton’s prides itself on quality and consistency, featuring UsDa prime-aged steak, fresh seafood, delicious appetizers and decadent desserts. Dine in the luxurious dining room, in the bar or outside on the patio. Dinner daily. [Downtown San Jose: 177 Park Ave.; 408/947-7000]

Paesano ItalIan south Bay

This cozy eatery in a refurbished early 1900s home at the edge of downtown san Jose offers a mixture of delicious classics along with original dishes with a sicilian flair. seating also at the bar and on the outdoor patio. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11-2. Dinner: sunThurs, 5-9; Fri-sat, 5-10. [San Jose: 350 W. Julian St.; 408/217-9327]

PamPas BraZIlIan the PenInsula

This swank and luxurious Brazilian churrascaria offers unlimited portions of meats, spit-roasted churrasco-style and brought to your table by circulating waiters. included in the prix fixe menu is a bountiful side bar. Full bar. lunch Mon-Fri; dinner nightly. [Palo Alto: 529 Alma St.; 650/327-1323]

Parcel 104 seasonal/calIFornIa south Bay

Using local ingredients, celebrity chef Bradley ogden’s menu reflects what’s in season, engaging patrons’ palates with innovative creations. a custom wine cellar stocks an award-winning selection of 550 wines. Breakfast daily. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Fri, 5:30-9. [Santa Clara Marriott: 2700 Mission College Blvd.; 408/970-6104]

A Taste of Burma PALO ALTO 445 Emerson St 650.323.6543 PALO ALTO (BURMA RUBY) 326 University Ave. 650.285.2770 SAN CARLOS 680 Laurel Ave. 650.592.1852 BELMONT 1000 6th Ave. 650.591.4156 BURLINGAME 1219 Burlingame Ave. 650.381.9756 SAN FRANCISCO 1608 Polk St. 415.610.4333


PIacere contemPorary amerIcan the PenInsula

The freshest produce and seafood, as well as the finest grade meats and poultry, are used in dazzling creations of contemporary american cuisine. lunch: Mon-Fri. Brunch: sat-sun. Dinner: nightly. [San Carlos: 727 Laurel St.; 650/592-3536]

Plumed horse calIFornIa cuIsIne south Bay

awarded a Michelin star seven years in a row, this revered restau-

The Best Chinese Islamic Seafood Restaurant in the Bay Area Fresh Seafood/Daily Special •Nine Different Ways of Preparation Lobster •Fish •Shrimp •Geoduck •Clam •Oyster •Scallop •Octopus

Also Specializing in Northern Chinese Food: Sesame Bread •Lamb w/Pickled Cabbage •Sweet & Sour Shrimp •Beef & Broccoli •Kung Pao Chicken •Crab w/Cream Corn Soup

VIP Rooms Available for Meetings & Gatherings

Located in Milpitas Square 296 Barber Ct, Milpitas • (408) 433-5199 Discover silicon valley • 35

rant is a special occasion destination serving creative californian fare in an ultra-swank setting. Dinner nightly. [Saratoga: 14555 Big Basin Way; 408/867-4711]

quattro ItalIan the PenInsula

This acclaimed Palo alto dining venue features contemporary italian cuisine with a california twist. House-made pastas and seasonal dishes are accompanied by thoughtfully chosen wines from california and beyond. outdoor terrace seating is available, weather permitting. Breakfast: 6:30-11. lunch: Mon-sat, 11:302:30. Dinner: Daily, 5:30-10. Brunch: sun, 10:30-2:30. [East Palo Alto: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave.; 650/470-2889]

ranGoon ruBy Burmese the PenInsula

Burmese cuisine—a fusion of Thai, chinese, and indian—is taken to an elevated height at this group of Peninsula restaurants. The menu pleases the most diverse of palates with options such as Burmese tea leaf salad, handcrafted wok dishes and familystyle plates, complemented by exquisite cocktails. lunch and dinner daily. [Palo Alto: 445 Emerson St.; 650/323-6543 & 326 University Ave.; 650/285-2770. San Carlos: 680 Laurel Ave.; 650/592-1852; Belmont: 1000 6th Ave.; 650/ 591-4156. Burlingame: 1219 Burlingame Ave.; 650/381-9756]

rIstorante rocca ItalIan the PenInsula

Whimsical murals, a lofty Florentine copper and bronze ceiling and a venetian-style balcony provide a pleasing ambience to complement fine northern italian cuisine inspired by california influences. Full bar. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. [Burlingame: 1205 Broadway Ave.; 650/344-3900] 36 • Discover silicon valley

rosIe mccann’s IrIsh south Bay santa cruZ coast

Blend traditional irish food and hospitality with a contemporary california flair and you get this casual restaurant and pub with menu favorites such as fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. a lounge with full bar and live/DJ music add to the fun. lunch & dinner daily. Brunch sat-sun, 9:30-2. open ‘til late. [San Jose: 355 Santana Row; 408/2471706. Santa Cruz: 1220 Pacific Ave.; 831/426-9930]

scott’s seaFood seaFood south Bay

enjoy the ocean’s bounty along with views of downtown san Jose from the dining room or rooftop patio at this beautifully appointed restaurant. The menu features the freshest of seafood as well as prime dry-aged steaks, salads, chicken, and pasta. a full bar and extensive wine list complement the menu. a private dining room with fireplace is available for events. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-5. Dinner: Mon-sat, from 5; sun, from 4:30. [Downtown San Jose: 185 Park Ave.; 408/971-1700]

the sea By alexander’s seaFood the PenInsula

This premier seafood dining destination distinguishes itself by focusing on rich sumptuous morsels from the sea, prepared with modern technique and flair. The talented culinary team blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform its menu into the extraordinary. Dinner: Tues-sat, 5:30-9:30pm; sun-Mon, 5:309pm. [Palo Alto: 4269 El Camino Real; 650/213-1111]

shadoWBrook amerIcan, classIc santa cruZ coast

a hillside “cable car” and path lead you down lush gardens to this

world-famous restaurant on the banks of soquel creek where you can enjoy creative specials and traditional offerings in an atmosphere of old-World charm. Though noted as one of the country’s most romantic restaurants, its bar and lounge offers wood-oven fired pizzas and more casual fare. Dinner nightly. [Capitola: Wharf & Capitola Rd.; 831/475-1511]

shIkI sushI JaPanese the PenInsula

vibrant Japanese cuisine ranges from fresh sushi and appetizers such as grilled scallops to entrees such as butter salmon and miso sea bass. lunch and dinner daily. [San Mateo: 1332 W Hillsdale Blvd.; 650/341-8988. Also in San Mateo: 1040 Park Place; 650/212-3688. Half Moon Bay: 20 Stone Pine Rd.; 650/7128886. San Carlos: 825 Laurel St.; 650/593-2275]

sIxto’s cantIna mexIcan mId-PenInsula

This lively restaurant with a warm, hacienda-style décor features Mexican cuisine rooted in Jaliscan tradition and made with the freshest of ingredients. artisanal cocktails also offered. open daily at 11:30am for lunch and dinner. [Burlingame: 1448 Burlingame Ave.; 650/342-7600]

sundance the steakhouse steakhouse the PenInsula

This upscale steakhouse, familyowned and operated for more than 40 years, features hand-cut certified angus beef. enjoy the slow-roasted prime rib, specially aged new york strip loin and tender filet mignon in the candlelit, mahogany dining room. Fresh seafood and shellfish also available. Pair your meal with wine from the nationally recognized list. The cozy fireplace lounge is ideal for sipping martinis and aged

single-malt scotch. lunch: MonFri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-10; Fri-sat, 5-10:30; sun, 5-9. [Palo Alto: 1921 El Camino Real; 650/321-6798]


thaIPhoon thaI the PenInsula

This cozy restaurant serves up delectable Thai cuisine but also has room for many dishes drawn from indian and southeast asian cooking. lunch: Mon-sat, 11-3. Dinner: Fri-sat, 5-10; sun-Thurs, 5-9:30. [Palo Alto: 543 Emerson St.; 650/323-7700]

vault 164 contemPorary amerIcan the PenInsula

Featuring contemporary american cuisine in an upscale and hip atmosphere, the menu offers a variety of salads, aged steaks, roasted chicken, fresh pasta, and seafood. Full bar. lunch Mon-Fri; dinner daily. [San Mateo: 164 South B St.; 650/348-8164]



Delicious Moroccan food... Belly dancing Thurs-Sat... Dinner 7 Days 6–10pm • Banquet Facilities for up to 300 • Cocktail Lounge

41 E. Gish at N. 1st St., San Jose • 408.453.1983 •

Japanese Teppan-Yaki: The FUN Way to Dine

vIto’s trattorIa ItalIan south Bay

Genuine italian food and hospitality come together at this warm and charming restaurant near san Jose airport. The freshest of ingredients are used in the preparation of traditional dishes at reasonable prices, including pasta, veal, seafood, chicken and steaks. The wine list includes selections from both italy and california. Full Bar. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner: Mon-sat. [90 Skyport Dr.; 408-453-1000]

1335 N. First St., San Jose | (408) 453-8120

WhIsPers caFé & crePerIe crePerIe south Bay

This is the place to go when crêpes are on your mind, whether savory or sweet, though the wideranging menu includes egg breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and a variety of entrées. coffee drinks, smoothies, beer, wine and margaritas are also available. 8am10pm daily. [San Jose: 150 S. Second St.; 408/297-2850] v





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Bars & lounGes

55 south

This bar and lounge is known for its craft cocktails as well as its wine and whisky selections. sun-Thurs, 7pm-12am; Fri-sat, 7pm-1:30am. [San Jose: 55 S. 1st St.; 408/2886000)


From flamenco to latin jazz, live music Fri-sat at this restaurant provides a lively night scene. [Mountain View: 400 Castro St.; 650/940-9500]

the contInental

This airy bar with an outdoor patio is decked out with comfortable sofas. sip on craft beers and cocktails while enjoying sports on Tv as well as both DJ and live music. open til 2am nightly. [San Jose: 349 S. 1st St.; 408/982-3461]


a casual café during the day, [esc] turns into a sophisticated wine bar, Mon-Fri nights, featuring rare california wine, local cheeses and charcuterie. Fri, 6-11pm, sHUcK. is a weekly oysters and caviar event with live DJ music showcasing feel good indie pop. [East Palo Alto: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave.; 650/470-3848] 38 • Discover silicon valley

hedley cluB lounGe

This lounge at the Hotel De anza serves up cocktails and bar bites in a 1930s atmosphere, with live jazz by local artists, Wed-sat. Mon, til 10pm; Tues-Thurs, til 11pm; Frisat, til 12:30am; sun, til 9. [San Jose: 233 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/286-1000]

the loBBy lounGe

The Fairmont san Jose’s luxurious lounge offers creative cocktails and bar snacks, along with live music nightly. Mon-sat, til 12am; sun til 11pm. [San Jose: 170 S. Market St.; 408/998-1900]

loFt Bar and BIstro

Fri-sat after 10:30pm, the dining room turns into an ultra lounge, with DJs spinning house music or top 40 hits. Bar open til 1:30am, Thurs-sat. [San Jose: 90 S. 2nd St.; 408/291-0677]

PaPer Plane

With its long bar and “alcohol wall” as a backdrop, this relaxed spot is the place to go for both classic and creative cocktails and bar plates. sun-Tues, til midnight; Wed-sat, til 2am. [San Jose: 72 S. 1st St.; 408/713-2625]

rosIe mccann’s

Head to this irish pub and restaurant for evening fun. along with

their de rigueur Guinness, the full bar also offers a other beers and inventive cocktails. live bands and DJs nightly, along with dancing. sun-Thurs, til 1am; Fri-sat, til 2am. [San Jose: 355 Santana Row; 408/247-1706]

san Pedro square market

With an open-air plaza and over 20 food vendors in three interior spaces, this public market offers a lively atmosphere to hang out for libations and bites, Thurs-sun. sun-Wed, 4-10pm; Thurs-sat, 4pm-12am. [San Jose: 87 N. San Pedro St.]


This chic, underwater-themed lounge, located inside the san Jose Marriott, offers a full bar menu, an ever-changing cocktail list and an assortment of small and large plates. open daily at 4pm. [San Jose: 301 South Market St., 408/280-1300]

lIve musIc

caFé strItch

This san Jose hot spot for live music is a destination for jazz and indie performances. Wed-sat, 4pm-2am; sun, 4pm til midnight. [San Jose: 374 S. First St.; 408/280-6161]

cluB Fox

august shows at this cabaret-style nightclub include: Teresa James (aug 2); The Chris Bigford Band (aug 3); GG Amos (aug 9); and Zeppelin Live (aug 19). 8pm. [Redwood City: 2209 Broadway St.; 877/435-9849]

JJ’s Blues cluB

live music nightly ranges from established to up-and-coming acts. [San Jose: 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/243-6441]

Poor house BIstro

live music at this new orleans joint highlights blues and jazz, Wed-sat evenings & sun pm. in august: Laurie Morvan Band (aug 4); Mike Eldred Trio (aug 5); Blue Four Band (aug 6); Chase Walker Band (aug 11); Gino Matteo Band (aug 12); Marina Crouse Band (aug 13); Terry Hanck Band (aug 18); Henrik Martin Band (aug 20); Crooked Eye Tommy (aug 25); and Jelly Bread (aug 26). [San Jose: 91 S. Autumn St.; 408/292-5837]

the saddle rack

This nightclub with multiple dance floors offers live music, with everything from local bands to national touring acts performing both country and rock music. WedThurs, 7pm-midnight; Fri-sat, 7pm-1:30am. [Fremont: 42011 Boscell Rd.; 510/979-0535]

savanna JaZZ

This laid-back club offers cocktails and casual bar fare along with nightly live jazz. see calendar at [San Carlos: 1189 Laurel St.; 650/453-3683]

Ryan Hamilton (aug 17-20); and Yannis Pappas (aug 24-27). Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 9pm; sat, 7 & 9:30pm; sun, 8pm. [Sunnyvale: 157 W. El Camino; 408/736-0921]

the ImProv

august highlights at this comedy club include: Paul Rodriguez (aug 4-6); Dick Gregory (aug 9); Rocky LaPorte (aug 10-13); Jake Johannsen (aug 17-20); John Witherspoon (aug 25-27); and Pablo Francisco (aug 31); Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 7:30 & 9:45pm; sat, 7 & 9:15pm; sun, 7pm. [San Jose: 62 S. 2nd St.; 408/280-7475]

card rooms

Bay 101

This popular casino offers an exciting cardroom environment, 24/7. catch all the action with games such as Texas Hold ’em, 21st century Blackjack, eZ Baccarat, 3-card Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Pai Gow Poker and more. [San Jose: 1801 Bering Rd.; 408/451-8888]

casIno m8trIx

Head for table games, cocktails and dining at this entertainment destination, 24/7, 365 days a year. enjoy card games including Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow, Texas Hold’em, and more. [San Jose: 50 Airport Pkwy.; 408/244-3333]

on the coast

the catalyst

one of the oldest and most venerated music venues on the local coast, this club highlights underground bands. [Santa Cruz: 1011 Pacific Ave.; 831/423-1338]

croW’s nest

located right on the scenic harbor’s entrance, crow’s nest’s spectacular upstairs lounge offers live music and dancing to a variety of styles including rock, soul, blues, reggae, and latin rhythms. sunday is comedy night, with nationally known headliners. [Santa Cruz: Yacht Harbor; 831/476-4560]

kuumBWa JaZZ

This highly regarded jazz center attracts artists of national and international renown at its intimate 200-seat venue. [Santa Cruz: 3202 Cedar St.; 831/427-2227]

moe’s alley

This club sizzles as a showcase for live music, with blues and soul among the specialties. 4pm-2am on show days. [Santa Cruz: 1535 Commercial Way; 831/479-1854]

rIo theater

a former movie palace, this location has been revived as a venue for famous touring groups, with a focus on indie bands with americana leanings. [Santa Cruz: 1205 Soquel Ave.; 831/423-8209] v

comedy cluBs


Two teams of comedians compete for audience laughs while improvising scenes. Fri-sat. [San Jose: Camera 3, 288 S. Second St.; 408/985-LAFF]

rooster t. Feathers

Featuring some of the best comedians around, august performances include: Michelle Wolf (aug 3-6); Eric Schwartz (aug 10-13);

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GettInG around amtrak

sJc aIrPort Flyer

Train service san Jose goes to oakland, sacramento, and Monterey. [800/USA-RAIL;]

Bus runs from san Jose airport to santa clara caltrain station, from where trains head to san Jose. [408/321-2300;]

services connect san Francisco and the east Bay, with connections from Daly city to Fremont via san Francisco, and over to richmond and concord. a shuttle train runs every 15min from sFo to the Millbrae station, which connects to the caltrain system. [510/465-2278;]

shuttle service from santa cruz to san Jose airport. [831/423-5937]



provides rail service between san Francisco and san Jose with weekday service to Gilroy. shuttle bus connection to san Jose airport, and a connection at Millbrae station via BarT to sFo are also offered. [800/660-4287 or 650/508-6200;]


Free shuttle service connects san Jose Diridon Transit center with light rail, san Jose convention center, san Jose state University and more. runs every 8-10 mins. [San Jose’s Downtown Area Shuttle; 408/321-2300;]

Greyhound Bus

Bus service offers connection between cities across the nation. [800/231-2222;]

hIGhWay 17 exPress Bus

Buses run daily from san Jose caltrain station to santa cruz; schedules vary. [831/425-8600;]

monterey aIrBus

offers shuttle service between Monterey and san Jose airport. [831/373-7777]


Bus service runs from Palo alto to san Francisco, connecting with 12 caltrain stations [800/660-4287;] 40 • Discover silicon valley

santa cruZ aIrPort Flyer vta

Bus, light rail and paratransit services run throughout the santa

clara county, including campbell, cupertino, Gilroy, los altos, los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain view, Palo alto, san Jose, santa clara, saratoga and sunnyvale. vTa also offers 20 free Park & ride lots at light rail stations and transit centers, which also connect to caltrain. [408/321-2300;] v

vIsIt 511.orG For more InFo.

santa clara/san Jose area

Santa Clara Convention Center Leviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stadium Great America

Santana Row Winchester Mystery House

Palo alto area

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sIlIcon valley area

Santana Row

Great Levi’s America Stadium

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doWntoWn san Jose Lightrail to Alum Rock/ Santa Teresa

Lightrail to Mountain View

San Pedro Square

SAP Center

San Jose City Hall

Lightrail to Diridon Station/ Campbell

San Fernando Station

San Jose Museum of Art

Hammer Theater Center

Parkside Hall City Hyatt National rk Place Civic


Four Points by Sheraton


Westin San California San Jose Jose Theatre Marriott

San Jose Stage Museum of Quilts City Lights Theatre


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Martin Luther King Jr. Library


CUL LTURE TURE Japanese Friendship p Garden

MUSEUM MUSEUMS M Tech T ech Museum of Innovation

SHO OSantana PPING S Row R


Mineta San Jose Interna ational Airport Download Transit Tra ansit App for: • Real-time bus & light rail information • Easy trip plannerr • Bay Area Bike Sh hare integration • GO feature that tells t you when to leave or when yo ou are approaching your stop


Discover Silicon Valley August 2017  

What to do and where to shop and dine in and around Silicon Valley

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